• Released Monday, June 26, 2017
  • ID: 12647

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Crops sold in the international market trade away they water they're grown with.

Explore how irrigation taps groundwater around the world to produce essential crops for the international market.

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In the western United States, irrigation shown in blue coincides with groundwater depletion shown in greens (mild) to reds (severe).

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Two-thirds of the exported crops that depend on non-renewable groundwater are produced in the United States, Pakistan, and India.

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NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate satellites have observed aquifer drawdowns globally over the last 15 years, validating model results.


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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

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